Rep. Mark Critz continued his strong performance among labor unions today. He picked up the support of the Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council, which is centered in the part of the district represented by his primary opponent, Rep. Jason Altmire.
All four labor councils within the 12th Congressional District have now voted to recommend endorsement of Critz to the Pa. AFL-CIO, which meets to vote on an endorsement at the end of March. It is very likely that Critz will get the nod.
“We know that workers can count on him to stand up for them,” said Labor Council President Rick Galiano. “Mark Critz made creating and protecting jobs his top priority in Congress and he has consistently fought to make sure that China plays by the same rules as we do.”
“The fact that the two labor councils in my opponent’s current Congressional District are supporting me demonstrates that I have the strongest record of fighting to create jobs and standing up for working men and women,” Critz added, referring to the fact that the Allegheny County Labor Council is also backing his candidacy.
The Beaver-Lawrence recommendation process is in part a mathematical equation. A significant number of their voters were already bound to Critz because of his endorsements from regional and statewide labor unions, such as the United Steelworkers and the Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania.
Critz will need a strong effort by labor in order to defeat Altmire, who represent 66 percent of the newly drawn 12th district. Internal polling by both campaigns shows Altmire with a double-digit lead and he lead Critz by $350,000 cash on hand at the end of 2011.